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Old 4th April 2007, 22:02
Hague Hague is offline
 
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Tim,
I am afraid your story is common place on Iron Ore Carriers. The alternate hold loading (promoted by many ports to reduce shifting) exasperated an already poor position. Having sailed as Ch.Off and Master of these vessels (Cape Size and larger) in the 70s I became paranoid about 'crack developmment' and undertook a discreet daily inspection in order not to alarm the crew. Walking nonchalantly around the decks 'eyeing' all the corners of the hatches iwo main deck (invariably 9).
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